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FOREST PARK REVIEW, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY10, 1971, PAGE IB Baboons Are Like People « And Gilbert Knows Why Mr. and Mrs. Carl Boese, 1113 S. Lathrop Avenue, are mighty proud parents. Their son, Gilbert, arrived recently In Senegal, West Africa, to conduct a field study on the behavior of the Guinea baboon In that country. The study Is supported by the Chicago Zoological Society and the National Institute of Mental Health through a grant to the John Hopkins University of Baltimore.^ Gilbert will be assistetfTjy his wife, Wllma, and Richard Soderlund of the Chicago Zoological Society. "When he was a kid he always did like animals," his father Carl said. "He worked at the Zoo when he was a youngster. At one time, he raised Morgan horses. At home there was usually a variety of pets - raccoons, hampsters, skunks, mice and of course a dog." Boese said he and his wife encouraged whatever interests Carl had and to be ambitious enough to support himself. While at college, Gilbert's various jobs included work as a milkman and in road construction. Boese becomes enthusiastic when he talks about his son's chosen field. "You know, baboons are just like people. They form different cultural societies. Some become leaders, some are followers. There are the big bluffs and the cowards, too - just like people." The purpose of the West Africa field trip is to gather data for evaluation of a three-year study carried out on the baboons at Brookfield Zoo in which Gilbert participated. The study concerns itself with the ontogoney of social roles. The work Gilbert has done in this field has brought many honors to him. He has been selected as one of the "Outstanding Young Men of America" for 1970 and his biography appears in the 687-page book of that title. In the preface, the editors state: "Often, it has been said that all opportunities in America are gone, that all new ideas have been developed and that a young man does not have the chance for advancement that his forefathers had. It is hoped that this collection of accomplishments will forever dispel this false belief. By their contributions, these young men are seeking to make America,a better place in which to live, •"Each year, the United States Jaycees select Ten Outstanding Young Men of America. The unusual stories of these men chosen are features." Gilbert does have an unusual story to tell. In addition to the challenge in .the study of the Guinea baboons, there is a story to relate in how he obtained a very necessary piece of equipment, a land rover vehicle. He wanted this desperately but he didn't have the thousands of dollars it cost to buy one. Then he got an idea. He talked to the people at Avis Rental Car service In Chicago. They referred him to the French Franchise in France. Gilbert wrote to them and suggested an advertising tie-in. Avis liked the idea and cooperated with him financially. If sometime in the future you see any of Gilbert's photography used in connection with the slogan "Avis may be. second best but we go anywhere" — you'll know you read it first in the Forest Park Review. Mr. and Mrs. Boese just received their first letter from Gilbert since he arrived in Senegal. He wrote that the roads are terrible, gasoline is at a premium and water supplies are difficult to get. He said they are still using the dried and frozen food they brought along with them. Gilbert, who is,now 33 years old, is a graduate of Field Stevenson grade school and Proviso East Township high school. He was in Boy Scout Troop 105 and Sea Scouts Ship 100. He also was in wrestling and track at Proviso East and In football at Carthay College. He plans to return in April. To Baltimore and then back home in Lombard in August. He is writing his thesis for his Doctors Degree qn his study of baboons. When -home, he will continue as Professor of Science at Elmhurst College and will be associated with Brookfield Zoo. His goal is to be a research chemist or pathologist in microbiology. Avis may be "second best" but it looks like Gilbert will come out on top. Electrically heated homes are popping up everywhere. Everywhere you look these days, more people are installing electric heating systems. In Northern Illinois, a new electrically heated home .or apartment is completed every 36 minutes. Why? Economy, ease of maintenance, cleanliness: these are some of the reasons. To learn the rest, call your nearest Commonwealth Edison office. Better yet: pop in. Commonwealth Edison Social Security Goal No goal of the Social Security Administration is more important than seeing that people get their benefit checks every month at the right time and in the right amount. This goal has made electronic computer processing of our work an absolutenecessity. Without computers we could'not handle the ^constant everyday changes affecting our more than 25 million beneficiaries. For that matter, no nation-wide organization can operate today without electronic work processing and still give the type of service the public desires. As population increases, a future increase in the number of our beneficiaries is expected. For the majority of our beneficiaries our goal of service Is being met. For a few, the service is not as prompt. Why? • Simply because a computer system is dependent on some type of code or number control. In our case, the Social Security claim number that is assigned to each beneficiary is the key to the whole process. If a person writing about a social security matter fails to furnish a correct social security claim number, action on his request is delayed until the corrrect number is located. The claim number is the social security number of the worker upon whose earnings record payments are made. The number always contains nine digits and is followed by an alphabetical letter code that identifies the type of benefit involved. The claim number is always shown on official correspondence, the Certificate of Award furnished all beneficiaries, & on the Medicare identification card. To report changes in work, changes in address, or for information, telephone or write your nearest Social Security District Office. Be certain to identify yourself by bothnameand claim number if you are a beneficiary. You will find that the electronic computer will work for you, and your report will be processed at top speed. Most important, no delay will occur in receiving your next check when it is due. Village Council News Permission was granted to the Salvation Army to hold annual Doughnut Day on June llth and to sell "War Cry" Easter edition on March 22nd. The village will donate men and equipment to the Park District for their annual 4th of July Fire- worVs Show. An application was approved for Compino Laboratories for a business license at 7415 Madison St. Parking meter collections for the month of January amounted to $4,096.05. Ordinance regarding parking violations tabled indefinitely. Vehicles will be ticketed more than once, in the future, for parking meter violations. Comm. Lambke reported "The village clerk says we are $5,000 ahead of last year in vehicle tax sales. Comm. Sansone: "Duetosevere freezing weather, .several water mains have broken but are being repaired." Comm. Rizzo: "Same old problem of vandals playing havoc with parking meters. Mayor Witt; "Recently attended a meeting with Governor Ogilvie and the other twelve mayors of Proviso Township. It was very Informative, dealing with community problems.